Could a Solar-Powered iPhone Be Coming in the Future?

According to a Digitimes report released last night, Apple and Samsung are considering the use of solar power for consumer products:

Samsung and Apple have been evaluating the possible niche market for solar-powered consumer products and considering the inclusion of Taiwan-based solar firms in their respective supply chains. However, according to Taiwan-based solar firms, these niche markets will need a longer time to develop.

The problem with solar power is the technology still has a way to go, to make a real dent in charging devices. US-based Solarmer holds the highest conversion efficiency at 8.13% for organic photovoltaic cells. We’ve reviewed solar chargers before, and although they will charge, it does take a long time.

A previous report by the WSJ noted Apple’s next iPhone will include a new way of charging, but I highly doubt that refers to solar power, but more towards a wireless method of charging.

Do you think a solar-powered iPhone will come anytime soon?

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  • Smalley

    I think apple will put the engineering team to do more research into it and will revolutionize it just as they did for their touch screens for the iPhone and iPad of which have in my opinion the best touch screen in the market today.

  • Smalley

    I think apple will put the engineering team to do more research into it and will revolutionize it just as they did for their touch screens for the iPhone and iPad of which have in my opinion the best touch screen in the market today.

  • Smalley

    I think apple will put the engineering team to do more research into it and will revolutionize it just as they did for their touch screens for the iPhone and iPad of which have in my opinion the best touch screen in the market today.

  • Smalley

    I think apple will put the engineering team to do more research into it and will revolutionize it just as they did for their touch screens for the iPhone and iPad of which have in my opinion the best touch screen in the market today.

  • Smalley

    I think apple will put the engineering team to do more research into it and will revolutionize it just as they did for their touch screens for the iPhone and iPad of which have in my opinion the best touch screen in the market today.

  • Smalley

    I think apple will put the engineering team to do more research into it and will revolutionize it just as they did for their touch screens for the iPhone and iPad of which have in my opinion the best touch screen in the market today.

  • Mathieu Bouffard

    Would be great. Maybe not for charging, but just keep it longer. I always put it on my desk when not in use it could keep mord of the charge during that time.

  • Mathieu Bouffard

    Would be great. Maybe not for charging, but just keep it longer. I always put it on my desk when not in use it could keep mord of the charge during that time.

  • Mathieu Bouffard

    Would be great. Maybe not for charging, but just keep it longer. I always put it on my desk when not in use it could keep mord of the charge during that time.

  • Mathieu Bouffard

    Would be great. Maybe not for charging, but just keep it longer. I always put it on my desk when not in use it could keep mord of the charge during that time.

  • Mathieu Bouffard

    Would be great. Maybe not for charging, but just keep it longer. I always put it on my desk when not in use it could keep mord of the charge during that time.

  • Mathieu Bouffard

    Would be great. Maybe not for charging, but just keep it longer. I always put it on my desk when not in use it could keep mord of the charge during that time.

  • I think it would be hard for them to make a solar Iphone, because even casio didn’t make their watches perfect there were still downside. Iphone probably be needing an accurate charging in order to run right.

  • I think it would be hard for them to make a solar Iphone, because even casio didn’t make their watches perfect there were still downside. Iphone probably be needing an accurate charging in order to run right.

  • I think it would be hard for them to make a solar Iphone, because even casio didn’t make their watches perfect there were still downside. Iphone probably be needing an accurate charging in order to run right.

  • MrAnonymous

    Since most people keep their iPhones in their pocket, or in a case, I just don’t see this taking off. 

    On the other hand, “Kenetic” based charging, which charges the phone just by moving it is the way of the future.  The same technology is used to power Rolex watches.